Telephone Townhall

On March 3th at 6:30 p.m., Sen. Costa held a live Telephone Townhall Meeting. Participants were able to ask questions as well as listen to a discussion about issues that are important to our area. Click below to listen.

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Costa Statement Concerning Matt Simon, ICA Member, former President of Point Park

Harrisburg – May 22, 2015 — State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) expressed his thoughts on the death of J. Matthew Simon of Point Breeze. Simon served as President of Point Park College from 1986 to…   Continue reading →

Op-ed: New, Tough Campaign Finance Law Needed to Thwart Outside Money Influence

On the ballot this year are three critical seats on the state Supreme Court, one seat each on the Superior and Commonwealth courts as well as county row offices and municipal posts which influence how…   Continue reading →

Costa: Republican Pension Plan Falls Woefully Short on Legal, Fairness Tests

Harrisburg – May 13, 2015 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said that the Senate Republican pension reform plan that passed the Senate today (Senate Bill 1) is illegal because it impacts benefits of…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats Call for PERC to Create Fair, Open, Transparent Process to Consider Pension Legislation

Harrisburg – May 13, 2015 – A leading group of Senate Democrats today wrote to the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) to express grave concerns about the process surrounding Senate Bill 1, a massive overhaul…   Continue reading →

Costa Supports Passage of Medical Marijuana Legislation

Harrisburg – May 12, 2015 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said today that he strongly supports legislation that legalizes the use of cannabis extracts to address certain medical conditions, including seizures, cancer, diabetes…   Continue reading →

Legislation to Protect Construction Zone Workers Detailed

Harrisburg – May 12, 2015 – After a recent series of accidents in construction zones, a bipartisan group of senators and state officials detailed legislation today that’s designed to protect workers in the zones. Senate…   Continue reading →

Legislators: UPMC Using Seniors as Pawns in Fight vs. Highmark

HARRISBURG, April 9, 2015 – A bipartisan group of state legislators from western Pennsylvania released the following statement today in response to the announcement that UPMC does not intend to renew the Medicare Advantage contract…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats: Wolf Budget Proposal Bold, Responsible, Necessary

Plan includes historic tax relief, business tax shifts, education, and job initiatives Harrisburg – March 3, 2015 – Senate Democratic leaders today said that Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget proposal is a “bold, responsible and…   Continue reading →

Costa: Murray was Transformative Leader, Scholar, Public Servant

Harrisburg – Feb. 11, 2015 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement regarding the death of Dr. John E. Murray, Jr., chancellor and professor of law at Duquesne University.  Murray’s death was announced today. …   Continue reading →

 

 

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